EDC Events

The EDC organise several community events each year:

Table of Upcoming Events

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Our Annual Early Dance Festival

We host a community focused dance history festival each year; enthusiasts and professionals from across our community perform for each other’s pleasure. A list of our previous festivals can be found here. Next year the 36th Annual Early Dance Festival will take place in Edinburgh. 

EDC 36th Annual Festival Edinburgh 2019

You can download our booking leaflet here: FESTIVAL BOOKING LEAFLET 2019

Edinburgh DATE
Friday 18th to Sunday 20th October 2019

Les Danses antiques

Edinburgh Academy, 42 Henderson Row, Edinburgh EH3 5BL

Professor Margaret Bennett will speak about Scottish Dance and a supper and dance will follow the Festival.

NB: A DVD Video of the EDC FESTIVAL 2018 is available to order now from: secretary@earlydancecircle.co.uk

Pictures from the EDC FESTIVAL 2018 are in our Gallery.

Our Annual Lecture

We host a popular dance history lecture each year. An archive of information on our previous lectures can be found here. What follows are details of our most recent Lecture.

Dance 2EDC Annual Lecture 2019

Best foot forward – Georgian Style: Waltzing through History

Friday 1st March 2019 7.15 p.m.; Swedenborg Hall, Swedenborg House, 20 Bloomsbury Way, London WC1A 2TH

Our speaker, social historian Mike Rendell, looked at dance in the Georgian era from a social history point of view – its importance, what it was like to go to Bath, to the Pantheon, to Almacks, what people wore, how they travelled, the role of the Master of Ceremonies, the growth of Masquerades – and finally some press reaction to the introduction of that grossly immoral and shocking dance, the waltz.

Mike Rendell is custodian of a vast array of family papers dating back to the early 1700’s. After he retired, he published The Journal of a Georgian Gentleman: The Life and Times of Richard Hall 1729-1801 (2011) about his Georgian ancestor. Currently working on no fewer than three books, Mike is known to 18th Century enthusiasts through his highly varied blogs on life in the Georgian period. He speaks regularly in the UK and abroad.

A copy of Mike’s talk will be available soon on our Past EDC Lectures page.

Our Biennial Conference

The EDC hosts a major dance history conference every two years. Proceedings are published and an archive of information on our previous conferences can be found here.

We are currently Calling for Papers for the
EDC BIENNIAL CONFERENCE 2020: Retrieving & Reconstructing the Past through Dance

Friday 1st – Sunday 3rd May at St Katharine’s, Parmoor, Frieth RG9 6NN (near High Wycombe)

WORKSHOPS & SHORT PERFORMANCES are very welcome, and they should include a short introductory talk or commentary. ABSTRACTS should be limited to a single sheet of A4 paper, and should include a short biography PAPERS should be 25 mins; WORKSHOPS 55 mins; PERFORMANCES are negotiable.

Speakers might like to consider exploring the following topics, among any others of your choice:

  • What do these dances tell us about the society in which they were performed?
  • What do conflict/war-like dances tell us? Do they betray a bellicose society, or did they serve some other purpose?
  • What do pastoral dances reveal? A search for an idyllic dream? Or a more relaxed society?
  • What can we learn from ballet narratives about society? …………

For contact details and more information, plus further suggestions for topics, click Call for Papers.

NB The EDC Conference for 2018: PERCEPTION AND RECEPTION OF EARLY DANCE, was held 18-2 May 2018 at St Katharine’s, Parmoor. This Conference has finished and work is now underway such that its Proceedings will be published soon.

Special Events:

We host and collaborate on other events from time to time. These can include workshops, study days and additional lectures, as the opportunities arise. Many such projects are undertaken in collaboration with another organisation, do get in touch with us if you have a joint project in mind. An archive of information on our previous special events can be found here. What follows are details of our most recent Special Event.

The 2019 Commedia Festival

The EDC collaborated again with Barry Grantham and Bill Tuck’s Third! Mini Commedia Festival at the Sands Film Studios, 82 St Marychurch St., London SE16 4HZ.

The aim was to bring the sheer fun & dynamism of Commedia to a wider public, of all ages, through performances, workshops and films. For full information see the programme: So this is CommediaMore information about the Workshop on the Elizabethan Jig can be found at Workshop on the Elizabethan Jig.

Photos of the fun and games involved on Saturday 23 February can be seen in our Early Dance Gallery.